brown: online >> brown: online, we've updated the timeline of events in the unfolding scandal. and ahead on the newshour, a full plate for the lame duck session of congress; a white house meeting about the fiscal cliff; and the demand for meat in china. but first, the other news of the day. here's kwame holman. >> holman: another army general, william "kip" ward, has been demoted for unauthorized expenses, and ordered to repay $82,000. the associated press reported today ward was accused of spending lavishly on travel and other items. ward is former head of u.s. africa command. the demotion strips him of a star, meaning he'll retire as a three-star lieutenant general. the u.s. army has wrapped up a hearing for a soldier accused of a massacre in afghanistan. staff sergeant robert bales is charged with killing 16 afghan civilians last march. most of the victims were children. the hearing took place at joint base lewis-mcchord, near seattle, washington. if the case goes to a court- martial and bales is convicted, he could face the death penalty.